Mapping the Zone: A Thomas Pynchon discussion podcastExplicit

by Thomas Pynchon books discussed here!

Each episode, we take a deep-dive into the book we are focusing on—we explore the references, characters, plot, and everything in between from a non-scholarly point of view. We are just four fans who love these books and can talk about them endlessly.

Podcast episodes

  • Introduction




    In this inaugural episode of Mapping the Zone, our hosts introduce themselves and discuss a few topics to provide some insight into who they are and what they love about the subject of this podcast, Thomas Pynchon. Also discussed is what listeners can expect of the show going forward and which of Pynchon's books they will discuss first. Email: ⁠⁠ Instagram: ⁠

  • Bleeding Edge: Chapters 1-3


    Bleeding Edge: Chapters 1-3


    If you enjoyed our discussion, please check out the following media we talked about: Films/TV: We Live In Public (2009; dir. Ondi Timoner) Music: Satan Is Real by The Louvin Brothers Books: Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World by Haruki Murakami “Postmodern Syllabus” (mentioned in My Dinner With Will and Kate): As always, thanks so much for listening! Email: ⁠⁠ Twitter: Instagram:

  • Bonus Episode - David Bowie


    Bonus Episode - David Bowie


    Kate and Cody took advantage of the break to spend some time talking about one of their favorite artists, David Bowie. A wildly talented artist, Bowie's influence is wider reaching than many might have known. Whether you're a longtime fan of Bowie and his discography or you've never heard any of his music (you have, you just don't know it was him), we hope you enjoy our long overdue discussion on one of the most important musicians of all time. Links to things mentioned: Dissonance tour performance (Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie): David Bowie and Placebo - “Without You, I’m Nothing”: Venture Bros: David Bowie & Robert Smith (The Cure): Flight of the Conchords - "Bowie": Social media links: Email: ⁠⁠ Twitter: Instagram:

  • Bonus Episode - Octavia Butler's Patternist series

    Bonus Episode - Octavia Butler's Patternist series

    In the latest Mapping the Zone bonus episode, Luke explores the world of Octavia E. Butler, with a particular emphasis on her Patternist series. We'll be back on 12 April 2024 to begin our exploration of Bleeding Edge!

  • Bonus Episode - Death In Her Hands by Otessa Moshfegh


    Bonus Episode - Death In Her Hands by Otessa Moshfegh


    Did you enjoy learning about books written by women in the modern literary landscape when Kate went on a long monologue about them several months ago? Have you potentially been pining for another installment ever since you heard the final dulcet tones of her voice tell you about Julia Armfield's masterpiece? No? Well, either way, she's done it again. Except now it's about OTTESSA MOSHFEGH, everyone's favorite social-media-propagated female author (the writer of this description does not acknowledge Colleen Hoover as a viable candidate for this title). Kate (who happens to be the writer of this description) hopes that her newest monologue on women in publishing, this time made with the aid of intensive allergy medication (she thought she had a cold, turns out her body's ability to withstand pollen is just terrible), is just as entertaining as all the others.